In the film Raging Sun, Raging Sky (Rabioso sol, rabioso cielo) Ryo (played by Guillermo Villegas) is a young man in search of love. During a freak rain storm, Ryo happens upon a mysterious a sensual young woman, Tatei (played by Giovanna Zacarias). He takes her back to his place for a one-night stand. The following morning, Tatei foretells that Ryo will meet the true love he is destined to be with. Abruptly, she vanishes without a trace, leaving Ryo wondering what to do next.
Meanwhile, Kieri (played by Jorge Becerra) is Ryo’s true love, but the two men are separated. Kieri is a disenchanted call centre employee who spends his evenings frequenting the local smut theatre in search of cheap thrills. In the men’s room, Kieri meets various men and turns tricks, though he begins to realize meaningless sex is no substitute for love. Concurrently, a young boxer named Tari (played by Javier Olivan) is deeply attracted to both Ryo and Kieri. He finds himself pursuing both of them, and appears to share something in common with Tatei.
The third act of the film is a lush and visual representation of destiny. The Heart of the Sky (also Giovanna Zacarias), leads the protagonists on a strange and mythical quest.
“In Raging Sun, Raging Sky, Hernández uses myth to break through the surface of sex, going deeper into a cerebral/emotional cavern – deeper into Cinema.”
“The lingering air of sensuality in this film, as in Broken Sky, is so strong that it’s almost as though all the characters have ESP—that they can sense each other’s presence, their skin and bodies, yes, but also their melancholy and loneliness, their intense passions.”
— Reverse Shot
“This is a work of love, from a director who in true Derek Jarman fashion, uses the screen like a canvas to paint his achingly slow affirmation of same-sex love.”
— Gay Celluloid
Did You Know?
Known for his rich and artistic style of filmmaking, writer and director Julián Hernández literally keeps his audience waiting patiently with Raging Sun, Raging Sky (Rabioso sol, rabioso cielo). With a runtime of an astounding three hours and eleven minutes, Hernández doesn’t bring in the title card until the two hours into the film, leading the audience to wonder if the previous two acts were simply epilogue for the third and final act. With only a few spoken lines in the entire film, the first line isn’t uttered until nearly one hour into the story. Review our Gay Themed Films Here